Like Us on Facebook! TCWNHA Announces New Page

The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area has a new Facebook Page. For members that belong to the TCWNHA Facebook Group, we welcome you to like our new page to receive the latest news from the Heritage Area and its partners across Tennessee.  We will eventually shutdown the Facebook group and be only updating the page.

 

 

Winter 2017 Common Bond

Common Bond Winter 2017 CoverOur Winter 2017 Common Bond quarterly newsletter is now available. This issue features an interview with Sara Beth Urban, a former CHP graduate research assistant who is now the Middle Tennessee division manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Our “Scholars” section looks at the experiences of a current graduate research assistant, Michael Fletcher, who is working on a project in Ireland to identify sites and structures in the landscape from the time of Ireland’s War for Independence (1919-1921). In “Partners,” we have an update about the anniversary events that we held across the state in 2016, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Finally, in “Leaders,” we look at the new exhibition on Tennessee marble at the East Tennessee History Center, which was guest-curated by our own Dr. Susan Knowles. A PDF of the newsletter is available here.

Graduate Research Assistants Return for Spring Semester

Left to right, Annabeth Hayes, Grace Allen, and Kate Hatfield will continue to get hands-on experience at the CHP this Spring.

Left to right, Annabeth Hayes, Grace Allen, and Kate Hatfield will continue to get hands-on experience at the CHP this Spring.

More than a dozen graduate research assistants will be working for the CHP this Spring. They will delve into a range of projects, from a heritage development plan for the historic Rhea County Courthouse to a preservation plan for Salem Cemetery in Madison County. The Salem Cemetery project falls within the CHP’s Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area program, as does community outreach at the Heritage Center in Murfreesboro and work on a new interpretive trail for Glen Leven Farm outside of Nashville. Students will also be assisting with the Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU program, the Century Farms program, and the Trail of Tears project, among other assignments.

Santa Fe Trail Work Begins

Santa Fe Trail sign in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe Trail sign in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Members of the CHP staff have begun field work along the Santa Fe Trail. Director Carroll Van West, Trail of Tears project historian Amy Kostine, and field work coordinator Ashley Brown are surveying historic buildings along the trail, starting in Missouri. They will be using as a model the survey that the CHP recently completed of buildings along the Trail of Tears for the National Park Service’s National Trails Intermountain Region. For the Santa Fe Trail, Kostine has completed an initial literature search and located approximately 230 buildings associated with the trail. For more on the CHP’s Trails work, see http://www.mtsunews.com/chp-trail-of-tears-grant/.

Center Staff Attend National Heritage Area Meeting

The Monastic Heritage Center located within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.

The Monastic Heritage Center located within the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.

Lydia Simpson and Laura Holder represented the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area (TCWNHA) at a meeting for all National Heritage Area programs operated by the Southeast Regional Office of the National Park Service. The gathering took place from January 10th to 12th at the Arabia Mountain NHA in Georgia. Simpson and Holder presented on the partnership approach that the TCWNHA employs as it works with communities throughout the state of Tennessee to tell the whole story of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU Offers Civics-Focused Workshop

Teachers analyzing primary sources at a TPS-MTSU workshop.

Teachers analyzing primary sources at a TPS-MTSU workshop.

Teaching with Primary Sources–MTSU will be offering an educator workshop, “Defining Citizenship: Strategies for Teaching Civics with Primary Sources,” on Friday, February 17th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. This workshop will include guest speaker Dr. Mary Evins, research professor and coordinator of the American Democracy Project at MTSU. The workshop will also feature activities that demonstrate how to use primary sources to teach and discuss civics in the middle and high school classroom. The workshop is open to educators in grades 4 and up.  Anyone who would like to register should email Kira Duke.

Keeping Up With the CHP

 

The oil landscape of Montana.

Montana’s oil landscape was featured in a recent blog post.

Center staff and students work on a broad array of projects in numerous locales throughout the year. To highlight and share this work, the CHP offers two blogs: Revisiting Montana’s Historic Landscapes: 30 Years in Big Sky Country and Southern Rambles: With the Center for Historic Preservation

Revisiting Montana’s Historic Landscapes shares the decades of work that CHP director Dr. Carroll Van West has done documenting the Montana landscape. This blog is the Center’s most-visited digital platform and exemplifies the national scope of the CHP’s work.

Southern Rambles features articles from staff and students on current projects or research interests and is celebrating its third anniversary this month.  Be sure to check out Dr. Antoinette van Zelm’s entry “Rambling On” which reflects on some of our most popular posts since the blog’s inception.

Congratulations to December 2016 Graduates

Taylor Stewart (left) at Crumptonia in Dallas County, AL.

Taylor Stewart (left) at Crumptonia in Dallas County, AL.

Students are the driving force behind what we do here at the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, and we would like to wish warmest congratulations to recent graduates who have served as research assistants for us. M.A. graduate Taylor Stewart worked on the Teaching with Primary Sources—MTSU program and on National Register nominations for properties in Tennessee and Alabama.

Aleia Brown at MTSU Graduation in December 2016.

Aleia Brown at MTSU Graduation in December 2016.

Dr. Aleia Brown, who graduated from the Ph.D. program, contributed to a heritage resource assessment for Owingsville, Kentucky, and the booklet The Hub of a Wheel: A Brief Guide to Murfreesboro’s Past, among other projects. Dr. Brown’s dissertation research examined the history of African American quilts as a form of expression and resistance. Her work with museum dialogues on difficult subjects has earned her national recognition.

We are proud to have supported both Taylor and Aleia, and we wish them well in their careers as public historians.

Digital Humanities Research Fellow Susan Knowles Debuts Marble Exhibit

susan-knowles-imageIn addition to the multiple digital projects that Dr. Susan Knowles spearheads for the CHP, she has been hard at work developing an exhibit and lecture series on the history of the marble industry in East Tennessee with our partners at the East Tennessee History Center. The project is a continuation of her doctoral dissertation work and a National Register multiple property nomination that she and CHP director Dr. Carroll Van West completed with the help of former CHP graduate research assistants Angie Sirna and Lydia Simpson (now CHP programs manager). We congratulate Dr. Knowles and the ETHC on the new exhibit, which opened November 19th and will be on display until April 30, 2017. For more information, visit www.eastTNhistory.org/RockofAges.

New Exhibit: “Home Grown to Nationally Known”

Home GrownIn November, the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County opened a new exhibit, “Home Grown to Nationally Known: The Artistic Legacies of Murfreesboro.” This exhibit was created by CHP Graduate Research Assistants and focuses on Murfreesboro as a creative center on both the local and national stage. The exhibit is on display at the Heritage Center, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Just a note, the Heritage Center will be closed for the holidays from December 16, 2016 to January 3, 2017.